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Farming

$100m waterways buffer plan

dairy cow 2:45pm Nats pledge $100m to buy and retire farmland near waterways to improve water quality.

Dairy prices drop again

A screenshot from GlobalDairyTrade's website showing the downward spiral of dairy prices. Fonterra's milk payout forecast is under pressure as dairy prices suffer another big decline.

Cute and cuddly killers?

Lambs 2:32pm Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Milk flows boost earnings

Dairy cows. Farm-owning group says its operating earnings have nearly doubled, helped by record milk production on some of its dairy farms.

White overalls spark dispute

meat worker A set of white overalls has sparked a stoush between NZ Meatworkers Union and Awarua-based South Pacific Meats.

Opinion poll

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Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Common sense required

Stock on roads are extremely unpredictable and can cause accidents that are sometimes fatal. Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Louise Giltrap takes a look at a couple of pieces of legislation governing employees' housing and suggests an improvement.

Cuts destroy team

Are we missing out?

Dairy prices drop again

A screenshot from GlobalDairyTrade's website showing the downward spiral of dairy prices. Fonterra's milk payout forecast is under pressure as dairy prices suffer another big decline.

Fonterra's big leap of faith

The $700m investment in China's Beingmate relies on some heroic assumptions, writes Chalkie.

Added-value dairy exports needed

Farming app up for award

$100m waterways buffer plan

Nats pledge $100m to buy and retire farmland near waterways to improve water quality.

Success secrets shared

roast beef Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

NZ meat sales hit Chinese TV

Meat price may disappoint

Red devons catching on

Red devons may not be well-known in New Zealand but they have a well-deserved big reputation overseas.

Sediment linked to sheep

sediment fingerprinting Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

Shrek still a world-bleater

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

Farmer's perfume trick

Livestock attacks 'cowardly'

Sheep rustlers using dogs and traps continue to target the flock in Auckland's Cornwall Park.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A head for potatoes

Onion secrets shared

Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Milk flows boost earnings

Dairy cows. Farm-owning group says its operating earnings have nearly doubled, helped by record milk production on some of its dairy farms.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

White overalls spark dispute

Hazard behaviours studied

Rowdy crowd heckles candidates

Southern candidates face name-calling, heckling and even chicken clucking at Federated Farmers meeting.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Plantain guru casts light on system

About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.

IRD warning for dairying

Keep calm and carry on calving

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.